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Sometimes my non-bikey friends don’t quite understand my bike obsession.

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So I have to find ways to make it relatable to those not as familiar with the lifestyle.


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I find it makes more sense to compare bikes to shoes than cars or household appliances like vacuum cleaners. Shoe obsessions are very relatable.

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And both bikes and shoes are very useful for getting around. Cars and vacuum cleaners, not so much.

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👍 I have my roadbike, commuter social, commuter cargo beater, hardtail mountain bike and full suspension mountain bike… Will be adding a disc Road bike after its built for my group rides…add a B.O.B. yak trailer for my dog to ride in when we go around town…


Love the analogy. Just yesterday I rode my folder & s/o remarked: “New bike?”…so I had to explain how it fits neatly into the car for after meeting up with my husband for dinner. And there’s the trailer bike which is an absolute necessity for Costco runs, the cyclocross/bad weather commuter bike,…you get the picture.

Kevin Love
Ok, I will now defend Mikail Colville-Anderson from the shot you took at him. Bekka, you are self-described as having a “bike obsession.” The vast majority of people do not. Mass cycling occurs in every Dutch city and many other places in the world because the infrastructure makes cycling the fastest, easiest and most convenient way of safely getting from A to B. When the cycling mode share is over 50%, then most cyclists do not have a “bike obsession.” Nor do they consider themselves “cyclists.” They are just people going from A to B. For them, a bicycle is… Read more »
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Here are two of Mikail’s articles that appear to be the source of Bekka’s “vacuum cleaner” reference. See:



[…] Bikeface compares bikes to shoes to explain why you always seem to need one […]


So true!